Canyon Lake Journals

Hill Country Escape

A July 2007 trip to Canyon Lake by carolynann831

Summit Vacation Resort Photo, Canyon Lake, Texas More Photos
Quote: This was a three day get away with my two sisters and our kids on the Guadalupe River near Canyon Lake.

Hill Country Escape

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Summit Vacation Resort Photo, Canyon Lake, Texas
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We spent three days in the Canyon Lake area next to the Guadalupe River. This was a fun getaway for all of us in our group, which included ages from 4 to 42. It is an area that can be visited multiple times and still have new places to explore. San Antonio is a short drive away, several caverns in the area offer exploration, and nearby San Marcos offers a very large outlet mall for those who like to shop. Top of the list to escape the Texas summer heat in this little area has to be wate...Read More
Summit Vacation Resort Photo, Canyon Lake, Texas
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We stayed three days and two nights in a log cabin at the Summit Vacation Resort on River Road at the Guadalupe River just below Canyon Lake and a few miles from New Braunfels. The resort is both a camping and timeshare resort affiliated with Coast to Coast campgrounds and RCI. We had a lovely small cabin that slept eight comfortably. (Three adults and the rest were our kids.) Sleeping arrangements were a living room sofa sleeper, a bedroom with four bunk beds, and a loft bedroom with a full size bed. We also had a full kitchen and cable TV. The interior is rustic with wood from floor to ceiling. There are several onsite activities including swimming pools and miniature golf. The swimming pool...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 24, 2007

Summit Vacation Resort

Canyon Lake, Texas

Gristmill River Restaurant & Bar

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Restaurant | "Grist Mill River Restaurant"

Gristmill River Restaurant & Bar Photo, New Braunfels, Texas
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Great location, great atmosphere, and great hamburgers. The restaurant is located in the historic village of Gruene. Sit outside on the deck overlooking the river and enjoy your meal. Their food is country American, with chicken fried steaks, burgers, fries, etc. Most of us had burgers, my sister had the pork loin sandwhich (she said it was very tender and juicy), and one child had the chicken strips off the child's menu. These were tender, juicy and lots of food for a good price. Kids' meals were around $5 and burgers around $7. The view is wonderful over the river watching and listening to the water flow. I read where someone stated that it feels like you are in a tree house. I completel...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 24, 2007

Gristmill River Restaurant & Bar
1287 Gruene Road
New Braunfels, Texas 78130
830-606-1281

Casa del Lago

Restaurant | "La Casa Del Lago"

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The food at this Mexican restaurant is fairly good. The best bet is the nachos. They are large orders that are loaded with toppings. The kids had leftovers for lunch the next day and they were still good. We didn't have alcoholic beverages, but we noticed the beer prices are very reasonable at around $2 to $2.50 depending on the brand, making this a good place to stop and have an order of nachos with a beer.
We would go back for a quick bite when we are staying at Canyon Lake.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 24, 2007

Casa del Lago
14312 FM 306
Canyon Lake, Texas 78133
(830) 964-3193

Rudy's Country Store and Bar-B-Q

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Restaurant | "Rudy's Country Store and BarB-Q"

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This is part of a small chain of restaurants that originated in Leon Springs as a country store. There are locations in Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. The restaurant is exactly what it states, a country store and barbecue joint. It's very easy to get to as it is on loop 337 (aka hwy 46) in New Braunfels, not far from I-35 at the corner of Common Street. The food is very good and the restaurant has a very relaxed atmosphere. As you walk in you stand in line at a large ice bucket where you can grab an ice cold drink. Then you place your order and wait there for them to bring you a tray of food with no plates, just paper. The barbecue is good, offering sandwiches, brisket, chicken, and saus...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 24, 2007

Rudy's Country Store and Bar-B-Q
936 Loop 337
New Braunfels, Texas 78130
(830) 609-3337

San Marcos River Pub and Grill Photo, San Marcos, Texas
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The San Marcos River Pub and Grill is located on the San Marcos River a short distance from interstate 35. Stop at the San Marcos visitor center on the interstate and the ladies there will point the way (there is a road beside this center that will take you straight to the restaurant). They offer inside and outside dining on both a covered porch and a deck overlooking the river. We sat and watched ducks playing in the water alongside people swimming and floating in tubes and canoes. The food here is exceptionally good offering hamburgers, sandwiches, and local specialty dishes such as pecan chicken. Someone at the table next to us had the pecan chicken and claimed it was delicious. Most of...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 24, 2007

San Marcos River Pub and Grill
701 Cheatham St
San Marcos, Texas 78666
(512) 353-3747

Devil's Backbone Scenic Drive

Attraction | "Devils Backbone scenic Drive"

Devil's Backbone Scenic Drive Photo, Blanco, Texas
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If you take FM 32 from just south of Wimberley to Blanco, you will see some remarkable views of the hill country. Some of the Texas tourism sites label this scenic drive as The Devils Backbone. Along this highway are roadside picnic areas with lookout points that are great for pictures and for picnics. We drove up from Canyon Lake to intersect with FM 32 then on up further to Wimberly. We didn't get out and walk around Wimberly because we didn't allow for the time to do this, but have already made plans to next year. Wimberly is a touristy town with lots of shops and from what I understand it is somewhat of an artists haven.Our drive was very peaceful and lots of fun. Even the kids did...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 24, 2007

Devil's Backbone Scenic Drive
R.M. 32, Hill Country
Blanco, Texas

Gruene, Texas

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Attraction

Gruene Hall Photo, Gruene, Texas
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Gruene is an old town that is now a historic district of New Braunfels. To get here from New Braunfels, take Gruene Road north from Hwy 46 or go south on Hunter Road from Hwy 306. This community is full of novelty and antique shops in historic buildings. It is enjoyable to stroll the streets and walk through the buildings offering both a unique view of our history along with shopping opportunities. There are maps located at various locations throughout the town, for help in finding a specific place. This is the home of Gruene Hall, the oldest dance hall in Texas. In the evening, you can listen to live music from either inside or outside the building. It has screened windows that remain ope...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 24, 2007

Guadalupe River State Park

Attraction | "Guadalupe River"

Summit Vacation Resort Photo, Canyon Lake, Texas
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The Guadalupe River between Canyon Lake and New Braunfels is a major destination for tubing, rafting, and canoeing. It is a very picturesque river, with cypress trees lining the banks, and views of hills and limestone cliffs. This section of the Guadalupe flows along slowly except for just enough rapids to make things a little fun while floating down. There are several river recreational outfitters that offer tube, canoe, and raft rentals along with shuttle service to or from a drop off...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 24, 2007

Guadalupe River State Park
3350 Park Road 31
Bulverde, Texas 78070
(830) 438-2656

San Marcos Lions Club

Attraction | "San Marcos Lions Club Tube Rentals"

San Marcos River Pub and Grill Photo, San Marcos, Texas
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We found out about the Lions Club Tube Rentals while dining at the San Marcos River Pub and Grill. This is a great deal for family fun. They offer tube rentals at $6 for regular tubes and $8 for tubes with bottoms. They also have double tubes available for $12-$14. This price includes unlimited shuttle service all day long. The profits from the Lions Club rentals go directly to benefit local charities. Also here there is the San Marcos city park with a very nice pool with slides. The admission to the pool is $2-$3. Together, the park and the tube rentals offer a day full of family-friendly fun.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 24, 2007

San Marcos Lions Club
Cheatham Street
Canyon Lake, Texas
(512) 396-5466

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carolynann831

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Jefferson, Texas